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July 14 2014

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3 posts tagged "Natasha Khan"

H&M’s Got Other Stories To Tell

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H&M is on a roll these days. In quick succession, there was the recent Becks “bum double” drama (read: mega publicity), the Paris fashion week show, and, for the hat trick, there’s the launch of & Other Stories, the Swedish high-street giant’s new London concept store. Last night, H&M celebrated the opening of the 10,000-square-foot Regent Street space, which is filled with meticulously edited beauty products, jewelry, and fashion. The best part about the whole thing is the knowledge that you won’t have to walk away simpering with desire—even the tightest budgets can afford this stuff. Apart from their in-house designers, who clearly favor architectural shoes and sculpted silhouettes (very Scandi-chic, if we do say), the brand also introduced their “Co-Labs”—temporary collaborations with finger-on-the-pulse talents like The Lake and Stars, Clare Vivier, and Alyson Fox. In other words, the two-story behemoth is the A-to-Z for cool hunters on a budget.

Naturally, the ultrahip store needs some ultrahip ambassadors. “We invited a small group of people—including stylists, DJs, and editors whose style we admire—to our atelier in Stockholm and asked them to put together pieces from our collection,” said Samuel Fernström, who’s head of & Other Stories. Flying the flag last night were Portia Freeman, Valentine Fillol-Cordier, Bat for Lashes (Natasha Khan, left), DJ Misty Rabbit (Mimi Xu), Julia Sarr-Jamois, and Mary Charteris, whose self-styled wares (like an ocean-print suit, a sheer top, a pleat-front skirt, and more) can be seen in the online shop, which launches today. “We chose people who wear things that feel right to them,” added Fernström. Judging by how & Other Stories’ ladies looked at yesterday’s fete, job done.

& Other Stories is located at 256-258 Regent Street in London.

Photo: Courtesy of H&M

A Bat For Lashes Concert For Lucky Fans

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According to Natasha Khan, a Bat for Lashes gig is typically a pretty epic experience—big band, big sound, big everything. But on Sunday, Khan gave a handful of her West Coast fans a small-scale preview of the Lashes live show, playing a set at the Lucky Brand store on the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica. The first in a series of nationwide “Neighborhood Socials” planned by Lucky Brand, the event saw Khan joined onstage by one multi-instrumentalizing bandmate and offstage by her boyfriend, Will Lemon III, who had installed the display of hand-painted denim in the window. “This is definitely a stripped-down sound for us,” commented Khan, after wrapping up the set with a rendition of “Daniel,” off her new album Two Suns. “The gig at the El Rey on Tuesday will be a little different. We got, like, a ton of drums…” Also likely to be different: At the El Rey, no one will be passing out free grilled cheese and onion rings when Khan clears the stage. The crowd on Sunday seemed OK with the tradeoff.

Photo: Bryan Sheffield

Natasha Khan, An Appreciation

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I somehow lost the plot and didn’t get tickets to the sold-out Bat for Lashes show at Bowery Ballroom this Thursday. While I’m blue about missing the performance, I have a feeling that we’ll all be seeing lots more of Natasha Khan in the near future—she’s always seemed a shoe-in for fashion favoritism to me. For one, the Anglo-Pakistani songbird is drop-dead gorgeous. Then there’s the fact that she combines Björk’s penchant for face paint, braids, and headgear with Stevie Nicks’ knack for wearing caftans. Anna Sui, who knows a thing or two about music, was listening to Bat for Lashes before her Fall show, and Kanye is a fan of her influential “What’s a Girl to Do?” video. And is it just us or don’t the dancers in her latest video, “Daniel,” look like they walked off of Junya Watanabe’s Fall 2008 runway?

Photo: David Sherry